The Burke-Gilman Trail. I have heard it called the crown jewel of the Seattle trail system. It is long, fairly flat and surrounded by beautiful scenery. Like a famous art piece, everybody wants it. It is the go-to trail for commuters, new riders, walkers, runners, skateboarders and more. As we see more and more people using the trails in the Northwest, we all need to be better about sharing.
My top tips for sharing the trail:
- Be courteous to all trail users.
- Ride, roll and walk on the right side of the trail.
- When passing, slow down, give space and alert the people you are passing with either your voice or a bell.
- Riding and walking two abreast is okay, but single file is better at high-traffic times.
- Keep pets on a short leash and walk them on the right side of the trail.
- Use common sense. Don’t train for your next race when there are a lot of people on the trail.
- Be aware of your surroundings — turn those headphones down.
Want to learn more about trail sharing? The City of Renton is having its 2nd annual ‘Share the Trail’ event this Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at Ron Regis Park. The event is designed to provide information to trail users of all types on etiquette, rules and trail safety. Local and regional organizations, including the Cascade Bicycle Club, Feet First, RUFF, and City of Renton, will all be on-hand to promote safe trail usage and help you have fun.
We hope to see you there!